Dental sealant is a preventive dental procedure that dentists recommend to prevent teeth from decaying. They are made of tooth-colored resin materials in a way that despises your natural tooth's shade to not affect the way your smile looks.
Do I need a dental sealant?
Our molar teeth have pits and grooves that are hard to clean with regular brushing. Over time, the buildup of food particles and plaque may accumulate in them, leading to tooth decay. Getting dental sealants applied can act as a shield for your teeth and protect them from harmful bacteria that cause cavities and tooth decay.
How are dental sealants applied?
You can get this procedure done in single-visit. The treatment is painless without any drilling and barely causes any irritation. At first, we will thoroughly clean your teeth that are to be treated and check for any decay. If there is any decay found in those grooves, then it is immediately treated with a filling material after removing the decayed tissue.
So continuing with the procedure after cleaning the tooth surface, we will use a weak acid solution known as an etchant to roughen up the surface. Then a primer and adhesive allow the sealant material to stay securely to the tooth bonded. A light source of a specific wavelength hardens the sealant material to make it stay in place.
What are the benefits of getting dental sealants?
Dental sealants offer many benefits, such as:
- Protecting teeth against cavity-causing bacteria and plaque
- This virtually painless procedure is mostly used on children, but nowadays, after a thorough checkup dentist will suggest whether you need it or not.
- It adds support to your oral care routine.
- The material used is durable.
- It becomes easy to maintain your oral health.
Who can get dental sealants?
Both children and adults can get this preventive dental treatment. Children don't lose their baby molars until the age of twelve, which makes it essential to protect them from developing cavities and problems that may affect the developing permanent teeth. While for adolescents, the main cause of cavities is their dietary habits and poor oral care. So, the sealants may add a shield to the teeth to prevent cavities.
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